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What are silverfish?

Silverfish are aptly named for their silver coloring and scaled bodies. Typically, adult silverfish grow to be about ⅓ to ¾ of an inch in length. They occasional invaders are known for their teardrop-shaped bodies and their ability to survive upwards of a year without food! During their lifecycle, these pests go through three stages: egg, nymph, and adult.

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Are silverfish dangerous?

Silverfish don't sting, deliver painful bites, or spread diseases and they pose no real threat to people or animals. However, silverfish do pose a threat to many of our stored items such as photos, paper, glue, books, sugar, and more as they are known to feed on these items. Beyond this, silverfish are primarily viewed as nuisance pests.

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Silverfish commonly invade homes to find the humid conditions they need to survive and thrive. And although these pests don't need a steady source of food, silverfish are drawn to anything that contains polysaccharides or starches, some of which are listed above. So if your home provides areas of high levels of humidity for those invading silverfish to hide in and items for them to feed on, the silverfish that find their way into your home are likely to stick around for a while.

Where are silverfish commonly found?

Silverfish are usually found living outdoors under rocks, in leaf litter, and in other hidden locations. However, they are also quite common household-invading pests. When silverfish invade homes, they commonly stay in areas with high moisture and humidity levels like basements, crawlspaces, sinks, bathtubs, kitchens, showers, and laundry rooms.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

When dealing with silverfish in your home, the best course of action is to partner with a licensed pest professional to remove them. Here at Green Pest Management, we are just that. Our methods are designed to exclude and remove silverfish from your home in the most effective and safe way possible. In addition, our basic pest control plan handles a number of pests, including silverfish. When you partner with Green Pest Management, you find freedom from a wide variety of home-invading pests, including silverfish. If you are looking for a way to get your home pest-free, give the professionals here at Green Pest Management a call!

How can I prevent silverfish in the future?

When dealing with silverfish on your own, the best way to deter them from invading is by reducing humidity around your home. To accomplish this, consider using dehumidifiers around particularly humid areas of your home such as basements, crawlspaces, and laundry rooms. Beyond this, the only way to keep silverfish out for sure is by letting the professionals here at Green Pest Management help. We're certain that we have a plan that will work for you! For more information on our pest control services, contact us!


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